Israeli Knesset Approves $564 to Illegal
Settlement Construction in Palestinian Lands
Knesset Approves NIS 2 billion to Settlements in the New
Friday December 31, 2010 16:49 by Ane Irazabal - IMEMC & Agencies
The Israeli occupation government so-called parliament (Knesset in
Hebrew) approved its 2011-2012 budget on Wednesday, which includes two
billion shekels (approx. US$ 564 million) to illegal settlement
construction, services and security, Israeli daily Haaretz reported.
According to the budget, in 2011, 200 new housing units will be
marketed in the settlement of Maaleh Adumim, west Jerusalem, and other
500 units in Har Homa, in the occupied territory that lies across from
Bethlehem, beyond the Green Line. A total of 238 million shekels will be
spent on Har Homa by 2012.
In addition, a large amount of money
will be transferred to roads, mainly, to join different settlements with
other areas. 180 million will be spent on the road between the Jerusalem
settlement of Pisgat Ze’ev and Tel Aviv, which human rights group Peace
Now recently called “a clear obstacle to peace.”
Also, some NIS
225 million will be transfer to repair the road between the Adumim plain
and the Good Samaritan junction, and Pisgat Ze’ev and the Zeitim
With regard to East Jerusalem, the budget for
settlers living in the occupied area, defined as a security expense,
represents a rise of 40 percent in the new budget, reaching NIS 3,160
In addition, the state will compensate the loss
incurred by exporters from settlements to the European Union with NIS 22
million, due to settlement produce no longer recognized as from Israel
by the E.U., and thus losing free trade status under the
The budget also shows a
contradiction between the information provided by the Central Bureau of
Statistics and the World Zionist Organization, due to while the first
organization indicates 120 official settlements in the West bank, the
WZO claims 136 "communities", which indicates that the WZO could support
at least 16 illegal outposts.
The protection for settlers will be
also responsibility of the state's expenses; as the "overall
reinforcement and security ingredients in settlements and conflict zone
areas reaches over NIS 630 million." Haaretz quoted.
settler may request the state to have an extra protection in his
personal car and subsidies for public transport for settlers and the
ultra-orthodox will reach NIS 31 million per year. In addition, the
protected buses with window frames will cost another 10 million NIS.
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